In a strange but riveting moment of jurisprudence …

… Federal Justice JP Stadtmueller opens his order on July 6th concerning fair use:

Federal lawsuits seldom touch on such riveting subjects and regard so many colorful parties as the present matter. The plaintiff, Brownmark Films, LLC, is the purported co-owner of a copyright in a music video entitled “What What (In the Butt)” (“WWITB”), a nearly four minute ditty regarding the derrière of the singer of the underlying work. The music video begins with an array of bizarre imagery—from a burning cross to a floating pink zeppelin—and only gets stranger from there. The heart of the video features an adult African American male ensconced in a bright red, half-buttoned, silk shirt, dancing, grinning creepily at the camera, and repeatedly singing the same cryptic phrases: “I said, what what, in the butt” and “you want to do it in my butt, in my butt.”

Among other highlights … the ruling is perhaps the first to cite a South Park episode. I highly recommend reading the rest of the report at ars technica.

via ars technica | How “What What (In the Butt)” unintentionally bolstered “fair use”

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